Social Innovation Seed Fund

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Are you an SFU student working on a radical idea with social or environmental impact at its core?

The Social Innovation Seed Fund provides financial support ranging from $200 to $1,500 to help get your project off the ground. The funding period for 2017-2018 will be open again in October 2017. We've partnered with RADIUS SFU to make this fund possible. 

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Student Social Innovation Projects are initiatives, ventures, products, programs or processes intended to create positive social, economic or environmental transformation for SFU and/or its communities.

All students from across SFU are encouraged to apply. A primary team member must be an active graduate or undergraduate student at SFU.

Each primary applicant and team may submit only one application per year. Please keep in mind that:

  • Academic research projects and conference fees are not usually funded.

  • Projects that are already funded by other SFU student organizations are less likely to be considered.

  • One-time events are can be funded up to a maximum of $500.

PAST RECIPIENTS

Read about past SFU Social Innovation Seed Fund recipients.

APPLICATION CYCLES

Applications are accepted at four points during the current academic year:

Round

Application Deadline

Notification of Results

1

October 13th, 2017

November 10th, 2017

2

January 19th, 2018

February 16th, 2018

3

March 2nd, 2018

March 30th, 2018

4

May 4th, 2018

May 31st, 2018

 

Applications will be reviewed by an internal committee led by Embark and RADIUS according to the following criteria:

  1. Their eligibility according to the terms described above;

  2. The soundness of the application including:

    1. A thorough understanding of the problem to be addressed, including the users and community served;

    2. A strong team, ideally with a diverse skill set and the interest and capacity to carry the project forward;

    3. Attainable, clearly articulated, and measurable targets along with a plan to achieve them; and

    4. A demonstration of financial need to carry out the project.

  3. The possible positive impact of the project, including:

    1. Economic, social and/or environmental impact for the users/community in focus;

    2. Opportunities to engage numerous actors to engage or inspire them to become changemakers; and

    3. Professional development/learning for the team members (and potentially their peers).

QUESTIONS ABOUT WRITING YOUR IMPACT GOALS, HOW THE FUNDING GETS TO YOU, AND MORE?

Read through these Frequently Asked Questions before you apply.

CONDITIONS

Grantees are required to complete the following:

  • A short mid-project survey;

  • An end-of-project Learning Report; and

  • An end-of-project blog post (video and photo encouraged) not later than 30 days after project delivery – to be shared via the RADIUS and Embark social media channels.

Grantees are required to return any disbursed funds in the case that they are unable to provide the above deliverables. We aim to support projects which are completed by July 1, 2018. If the successful applicant receives funding at the end of the granting period, the parties may negotiate an extended contract on a case-by-case basis.

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